Work Opportunity Tax Credit Statistics for Illinois

In 2019 the state of Illinois issued 144,590 Work Opportunity Tax Credit certifications.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, known as WOTC, is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from target groups, that include qualified Veterans, individuals on food stamps and more. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is available throughout the United States, and in 2019 it was worth $4.9 Billion dollars to employers. 2,066,616 total Work Opportunity Tax Credits were issued in the United States in 2019.

Nationwide Illinois issued 6.99% of WOTC Tax Credits in 2019. Illinois was also one of four states that issued over 100,000 WOTC certifications.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Statistics for Illinois 2019:

WOTC Target Group Total Credits Percentage
SNAP (FS) 117,755 81.44%
Long Term Unemployment 10,595 4.20%
Long term IV-A (TANF) 6,066 4.20%
Designated Community Resident 2,962 2.05%
Veteran unemp. 4 Wk 2,413 1.67%
Veteran unemp. 6 Mo. 1,759 1.22%
Ex-Felon 1,341 0.93%
IV-A (TANF) 1,138 0.79%
SSI Recipient 249 0.17%
Veteran Receiving SNAP 199 0.14%
Vocational Rehabilitation 86 0.06%
Disabled Veteran unemp. 6 Mo. 22 0.02%
Disabled Veteran 5 0.00%
Ticket Holder 0 0.00%
Summer Youth 0 0.00%

More about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit’s target groups.

 

Illinois WOTC Tax Credit Certification 2014 – 2019:

WOTC Certifications Current Pending* Denials Total Requests
2019 144,590 859 395,009 540,458
2018 109,054 14,865 208,919 332,838
2017 107,880 8,230 157,808 273,918
2016 165,538 9,007 164,252 338,797
2015 109,361 108,639 113,099 331,099
2014 107,135 4,501 107,319 218,955

*Pending at time of publishing (May 2020).

 

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